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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories TOV Road Test, Accord
Create Date May 13, 2003 18:00
Last Update May 21, 2003 02:13
2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4 5MT

It's been over 7 months since the 7th Generation Accords hit the streets, and by most accounts, it's doing pretty well. While the Accord's styling has been the subject of somewhat heated debate, it doesn't seem to have impacted sales in a negative way. In fact, considering the market factors, sales have been pretty respectable, and it has won several shootouts against competing models in major magazine tests. As the old saying goes, "Beauty is more than skin deep". As it should be, the car has been evaluated based upon its undisputable strengths: driving dynamics, refinement, and strong value.

Regardless of the styling, the Accord merits your attention if you can appreciate excellence in engineering and execution. Whether you choose the smooth and torquey 2.4L 160hp DOHC I-VTEC inline 4-cylinder, or opt for the ripping 3.0L 240hp SOHC VTEC V-6, you won't be disappointed.

We have already sampled the Accord EX V6 sedan several times, and we were quite impressed by its refinement, luxurious appointments, and especially the straight-line potency of the car, not to mention the sticker price. For the most part we were very pleased, but we would have liked at least the option of sportier suspension tuning and a manual transmission, although the automatic is so good we almost don't miss the manual transmission. However, as we're helpless speed freaks, we're always looking for the last ounce of performance and control, and a manual transmission is the only way to go.

For those who absolutely cannot live without a manual transmission(and can't live with a coupe), there's relief in the form of a smooth shifting 5-speed manual, if you opt for one of the three 2.4L 4-cylinder models. Despite the fact that you're giving up 80 hp (on spec sheets, at least) to the 3.0L V-6, the 4-cylinder Accord is by no means a penalty box.

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05-15-2003 15:55
More low-end than 6th gen V6?   (Score: 1, Normal)
uoiea
05-15-2003 18:49
K24 5MT will definitely give a J30A1 4AT a good run for its money   (Score: 1, Normal)
SteVTEC
05-16-2003 05:48
Re: K24 5MT will definitely give a J30A1 4AT a good run for its money   (Score: 1, Normal)
uoiea
05-21-2003 10:39
Re: K24 5MT will definitely give a J30A1 4AT a good run for its money   (Score: 1, Normal)
vtechbrain
11-20-2004 13:17
Re: K24 5MT will definitely give a J30A1 4AT a good run for its money   (Score: 1, Normal)
civic_cx_92
06-18-2003 00:29
140hp && 175hp   (Score: 1, Normal)
PowerWheel
06-18-2003 00:28
140hp && 175hp   (Score: 1, Normal)
PowerWheel
06-07-2003 11:23
Shift Point for 5-spd   (Score: 1, Normal)
99SI
06-07-2003 12:12
Re: Shift Point for 5-spd   (Score: 1, Normal)
uoiea
06-17-2003 16:24
Re: Shift Point for 5-spd   (Score: 1, Normal)
PowerWheel
06-07-2003 17:46
Re: Shift Point for 5-spd   (Score: 1, Normal)
bacevedo
06-07-2003 20:42
Re: Shift Point for 5-spd   (Score: 1, Normal)
25psi
06-14-2003 13:38
Seats   (Score: 1, Normal)
thern
06-06-2003 14:53
Are Accords cursed?   (Score: 1, Normal)
DV
05-30-2003 17:55
K24 5MT vs 5AT   (Score: 1, Normal)
K24VTEC
05-30-2003 10:02
Question about article   (Score: 1, Normal)
bacevedo
05-30-2003 15:12
Re: Question about article   (Score: 1, Normal)
DV
05-15-2003 12:45
OMG...the K24 is a "mini" Nissan VQ!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
SteVTEC
05-15-2003 13:35
It was all on regular unleaded   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
05-15-2003 13:53
those numbers on regular are even more impressive now...   (Score: 1, Normal)
SteVTEC
05-29-2003 16:53
Re: those numbers on regular are even more impressive now...   (Score: 1, Normal)
ckrll1
05-28-2003 23:18
Accord EX 5MT WAGON please!   (Score: 1, Normal)
glycinemax
05-14-2003 21:18
Thanks for the great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
AccordMan
05-16-2003 11:50
Re: Thanks for the great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
own4
05-16-2003 12:10
Re: Thanks for the great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
05-20-2003 21:00
Re: Thanks for the great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
Computer_Tech
05-20-2003 21:07
Re: Thanks for the great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
05-16-2003 13:45
Re: Thanks for the great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
05-20-2003 17:33
great review, wish 4dr v6 came in manual...   (Score: 1, Normal)
REDRIDER
05-13-2003 19:52
Seems like a smart tradeoff   (Score: 1, Normal)
NSXman
05-13-2003 20:11
Re: Seems like a smart tradeoff   (Score: 1, Normal)
ragnarok1014
05-13-2003 20:30
Re: Seems like a smart tradeoff   (Score: 1, Normal)
Lynx
05-13-2003 23:51
Re: Seems like a smart tradeoff   (Score: 1, Normal)
Tuan
05-14-2003 00:31
TSX dyno please :)   (Score: 1, Normal)
zapata
05-14-2003 01:47
Re: TSX dyno please :)   (Score: 1, Normal)
mentaloriental
05-14-2003 13:50
Dyno Question   (Score: 1, Normal)
Brillo
05-14-2003 15:06
Re: Dyno Question   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
05-14-2003 17:38
2.5 Altima Vs. 2.4 Accord   (Score: 1, Normal)
Brillo
05-14-2003 18:24
Re: 2.5 Altima Vs. 2.4 Accord   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
05-15-2003 00:59
Re: 2.5 Altima Vs. 2.4 Accord   (Score: 1, Normal)
bacevedo
05-16-2003 19:38
Re: 2.5 Altima Vs. 2.4 Accord   (Score: 1, Normal)
AZJ30A1
05-18-2003 00:25
Re: 2.5 Altima Vs. 2.4 Accord   (Score: 1, Normal)
25psi
05-18-2003 21:56
vtec vs. ivtec   (Score: 1, Normal)
boogs
05-19-2003 15:19
Re: vtec vs. ivtec   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
05-15-2003 17:37
great article   (Score: 1, Normal)
boogs
05-14-2003 09:46
TSX 3rd that motion   (Score: 1, Normal)
hpower
05-15-2003 15:47
Re: Here is a TSX dyno done at the same place   (Score: 1, Normal)
STL
05-14-2003 22:51
Have the '02 Passat and '03 EX-L 5MT   (Score: 1, Normal)
dankatzzz
05-14-2003 09:48
This is the same engine that is in the Element right? n/t   (Score: 1, Normal)
hpower
05-14-2003 13:12
Re: This is the same engine that is in the Element right? n/t   (Score: 1, Normal)
hondas2k
05-14-2003 13:11
Prefer the 4 -- Bought it   (Score: 1, Normal)
Daddy-O
05-14-2003 10:48
Two driving styles per torque curves?   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
05-14-2003 00:38
Thank you!   (Score: 1, Normal)
bacevedo
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